It’s all very well building a free WordPress website to blog to the world, but can you make money from a free WordPress Blog?
I have wondered about this many times until I found people doing just that! I will give you the evidence, show several people doing very well with free WordPress blogs.
How You Can Get Started With A Free WordPress Blog
So many people stumble into WordPress, click a few buttons and select the default Theme, and start writing blogs.
I did this too in the early days. I still have my old blog on blogger I created years ago back in 2004. You can view my Old Blogger Site, and yes, it is very amateurish. But, it was my first blog.
Back then, in 2004, I had no idea about Content, headlines, SEO or organic (free) traffic. Not a thought crossed my mind that if I had done it correctly, I could earn money from my blog.
A lot has changed since then, and now, not only do I have a (paid for) WordPress Blog, but I am learning how to market the site, what search engine optimisation (SEO) means and how I can get free traffic to my website.
Once I am getting free organic traffic (free traffic from search engines, like you), I am learning many ways to earn money from my website visitors.
People Like You Making Money From Free WordPress Blogs
Bryon started his free WordPress Blog little believing that he would become the success that it did. He kept working at it. Leaving for months at a time to work on other projects, then returning and adding more Content.
Some seven to eight months later, Bryon returned, and to his amazement, he was getting about 400 unique visitors per day! Sixty-five per cent of these were free search engine visitors and amounted to over four thousand visitors for one month in 2013.
I haven’t made this up. Click on the image above to the Wealthy Affiliate blog post where he wrote about this very event.
Proof Is In The Pudding
This idea has inspired me to not only prove this myself but to take action and build my very own free WordPress Blog, monetise it and show to the world that yes, not only can it be done, but that I will prove you can make money from a free WordPress Blog.
As time progresses, I will Link from here to another article [Name yet to be decided] and record my progress for all to see.
This exercise will be the undeniable proof that you can be successful with a free WordPress blog.
5 Steps To A Successful Blog Post
In simple terms, there are five steps to a successful blog post [I go into more detail here – How To Write a Successful Blog Post]. There I list my five steps to writing a successful blog post.
A Basic Blog Post for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Your word count should be at least 1,000 words. Fifteen-hundred words would be better. The best length is around 1,800 words if you can manage it.
Concentrate on giving value for money. If you want to keep your visitors attention and not have them ‘Bounce’ off your website, then you will have to deliver first-rate and value-driven Content.
After all, they are spending their time reading your words, hoping you answer the question they asked in the search engine. If you don’t deliver, they will leave. Probably, never to return.
Write An Introduction to Make Money From a Free WordPress Blog
Write a short introductory paragraph, no longer than 160 characters. This paragraph should include your keywords or phrase. For a 1,000-1,500 word article, you should only repeat these keywords three times in your blog post.
Your keywords should be in your title, or heading, in the first paragraph and repeated a second and third time later in your article, and that is all.
Write Four to Five Sections
Keep your sections small, no more than about 300 words. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short, and do not use overly complicated words.
You want to make your Content easy to read and not frustrate your reader by using complex sentence structures. You want to keep your readers and not bore them to the extent that they leave.
If you follow these rules, then your writing will fit into the recommended Flesch reading scale of between 60 and 70, or a USA 8th grade student.
Each of these four or five sections should have a respective sub-heading.
Keep Your Audience Engaged
I have already said, keep your reading style comfortable. Don’t make it difficult for your readers.
Try to write informally. Write as if you are talking to a friend. A little humour goes a long way.
Writing The HeadLine
The headline is perhaps the most critical piece of any article you will post on your blog. So much so, I will leave this until last.
What you write in your headline, or title, determines whether the person browsing the search results will be drawn to click on your Link and not someone else’s Link.
“The most important part of writing an article is the headline” – Jeff Goins.
Each article should have a closing section. This closing section has a sub-heading ‘Conclusion’ but is not always the case. Wiser SEO writers than I stick with ‘Conclusion’ and I see no reason to differ.
I hope that what I have written has been informative and that it has answered your question on whether you can make money from a free WordPress Blog.
Your final paragraph should be your last Call To Action or CTA. This CTA might be to sign-up to a newsletter or a free offer.
It may be a link to another article within this site, or it may be an invitation to follow an Affiliate Link in the hope that you make a purchase and earn the author a commission.
In this article, my primary CTA is for you to click on the WA Education banner below, or this Link to visit my Review of Wealthy Affiliate.